Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

How to say the name:

‘Mozart’ is said like Moat-zart. ‘Wolfgang’ is said like ‘Volf-gang’, and ‘Amadeus’ is said like ‘A-ma-day-oos’.

Born:

27th January 1756 in Salzburg, Austria.

Died:

5th December 1791 in Vienna, Austria.

Buried:

Unknown pauper’s (poor person’s) grave in the St Marx cemetery, Vienna.

Type of Music:

Classical music from the classical period.

Some famous pieces:
Some (very!) great pieces:
  • Many symphonies, especially Nos. 40 and 41. (See below and the Classical Music page for videos.)
  • The operas Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Così fan tutte (Women are Like That) and Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). (See below for a video from Die Zauberflöte.)
  • Requiem and the ‘Great’ Mass in C minor. (See the The Great Composers page for a video of the C&#160minor Mass.)
  • Many piano concertos, such as Nos. 23 and 27.
  • Plus many, many, more great pieces!!
Some interesting facts:
  • He was one of the greatest composers of classical music ever!
  • He wrote over 600 pieces of music!
  • He was composing music when he was only 5 years old!
  • He was playing music for kings, queens, princes, and other royalty, all over Europe from the age of 6!
  • He could listen to music just once and then go away and write it down without any mistakes!
  • Although he wrote great music, he did not make much money from it. He died very poor.
  • He did not finish his Requiem before he died. Many people have written their own finished version of this piece. However, most people only know the first one—the one by Franz Xaver Süssmayr.

Here is a video of the beginning of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.

First movement of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40

And here is a video of the funny Papageno and Papagena duet from Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).

‘Papageno and Papagena’ from Mozart’s opera ‘The Magic Flute’

There are other videos of music by Mozart on the following pages:

as well as the following news pages:

There is also a picture of music written by Mozart in his own hand-writing on the following page:

Picture credits:
  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This is posthumous painting by Barbara Kraft from 1819. The image is in the public domain. Click here for the source of this image, along with the relevant copyright information.
Video credits:
  1. Mozart – Sinfonía 40 – Molto Allegro(1/4) – Karl Böhm – Filarmónica de Viena. Sinfonía nº 40 de Mozart Molto Allegro Orquesta Filarmónica de Viena dirigida por Karl Böhm Symphony nº 40 in G minor Vienna Philharmonic Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Karl Böhm.
  2. Papageno and Papagena duet. The person who posted this on YouTube writes: And again, by request, another bit of this wonderful Die Zauberflöte production. I believe this is from Covent Garden in 2003 with Simon Keenlyside as Papageno, Ailish Tynan as Papagena and Sir Colin Davis conducting. The whole opera is available on DVD from Opus Arte.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 reis tan 16th October 2012

so cool because i have played mozarts child song. well i am araydy grade 5.

2 wyatt 12th January 2014

its so funny we have to do a report on him and im in 5th grade and we saw kindergarteners in our classroom and my teacher said its like one of them wrighting a symphony and suceeding and som cant say the alphabet

3 Elizabeth Timofeeva 26th January 2014

I’m grade 8 on violin,piano,flute and cello. Mozart is my favourite composer EVER.

4 patrick 25th February 2014

this website is amazing!!!

5 Ian 14th November 2014

Mozart is cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 Bob John 3rd December 2014

I have been a percussionist since 3rd grade and I LOVE music! Mozart is really cool! He wrote songs at age 6!! What?! I know, right!

7 Carson Hommes 11th February 2015

I AM DOING A REPORT ON HIM!!!!!!!!

8 kyle 24th March 2015

good site

9 Mozart jr 2nd October 2015

I really liked the piece from Die Zauberflöte. So funny .LOL

10 James 7th October 2015

I LOVED THE Papageno And Papagena Duet 😀

11 Grant 28th October 2015

This guy is awesome!

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12 Z.Thompson 3rd February 2016

This guy is so awesome he wrote over 100 pieces of music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :))))

13 Abby 3rd April 2016

This website really helped me on my report I was doing on his!✌👍

14 Julius Weiyu 18th April 2016

this website helped to do my homework!

15 Emily 23rd June 2016

This Help me soooooooooooooooooooooooo much! I play one of his pieces
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16 Ella 5th October 2016

I can’t believe that Mozart started composing when he was only 5 ! He was a genius !

17 Tomasz 6th November 2016

doing an essay about him and its so hard ;-;

18 Tomasz 6th November 2016

but it still helps so good

19 auston 10th January 2017

i’m doing a report on him

20 destiny gandy 10th February 2017

i love it its very helpful

21 Landon 26th May 2017

I’m doing a project and this is helping so much, It’s the #1 website I’ve found about him!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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